She Drank and Smoked Weed at 12; Now She’s Finally Comfortable in Her Curves

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“You Can Fly Your Liberal Equal Flag, But Sh*t Isn’t Equal”

Paloma Elsesser, a writer, model, and student candidly shares her struggles with racial identity, body image, as well as alcohol and drug abuse as part of the “What’s Underneath Project” series by StyleLikeU. Oh, and she strips down to her chonies as part of the interview process, but don’t let that distract you.

At a young age Elsesser was diagnosed with ADD and began suffering from depression and anxiety. “I felt like a failure,” she admits. “My older brother passed away when I was 10 years old.  I grew up in a duplex with my grandmother…but it was always hard for me to focus even in my own environment because of my anxiety. I’m a perfectionist. I started drinking and smoking weed when I was 12 years old, I was still a kid. So, when you continue to do that up until the age of 19, you don’t really know who you really are.”

Today, she proudly boasts about her sobriety, and embraces her edgy fashion style from crop tops to short shorts. She admits that clothing is just a form of expression and hopes that young girls realize they don’t need to be a stick figure to be beautiful.

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